Some very positive news on the BBC website last week concerning the project to find buried iron meteorites in Antarctica. The team, led by Geoff Evatt of the University of Manchester, have been testing their detection equipment at the Ny-Alesund research base in Svalbard. It sounds as if real progress has been made and all being well deployment in Antarctica will take place during the 2019-2020 field season. In the meantime, Katherine Joy of the University of Manchester will head to Antarctica later this year to check out the terrain. With a bit of luck, this initial expedition will be able to locate some meteorites and bring them back to the UK for further study. A very exciting prospect.
Photo above: ANSMET scientists getting seriously excited about meteorite hunting in Antarctica (ANSMET/Nina Lanza)
Featured image: Emperor penguins in Antarctica (Wikipedia/Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA)